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    S.I. Keethaponcalan

    Dr S. I. Keethaponcalan is Chair of the Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Department at Salisbury University, Maryland. Formerly he was Professor of Political Science and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has served as a researcher and research fellow in several international agencies, including the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, Switzerland, the Bonn International Center for Conversion in Bonn, Germany, and the Peace and Governance Program of the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

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  • Sri Lanka: How To Avoid Hybrid Governments1

    By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan    5 January 2019 Sri Lanka’s experiment with hybrid governments failed miserably. By hybrid government, I mean a government that entails the president from one party and the administration or the cabinet of ministers from another party (or a coalition). Under the Second Republican Constitution, the country had three hybrid governments: (1)

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  • Sri Lankan Tamils Betrayed?0

      A man walks past a poster of Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena on a main road in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 28, 2018 [Reuters]   November 3, 2018 Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan In a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) electoral organizers meeting, President Sirisena proclaimed that he

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  • Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Riots0

      Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force soldiers walk past a damaged mosque after a clash between two communities in Digana central district of Kandy. (Reuters) By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan    14/3/2018 On February 27, 2018, a riot broke out in Ampara, a Southeastern town in Sri Lanka. A group of Sinhala-Buddhist rioters attacked and destroyed a

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  • Sri Lanka President’s 2020 Dilemma?0

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    • January 22, 2018

    By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan, January 21, 2018 Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena surprised many people by asking the Supreme Court (SC) whether he has “any impediment to continuing in the office of President for a period of six years.” Sirisena was elected to the office on January 8, 2015, for a term of six years

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  • Sri Lanka’s Local Government Polls: Time To Send Signals?0

    • Blog
    • January 11, 2018

    January 11, 2018 By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan Local Government (LG) bodies in Sri Lanka are one of the cornerstones of public administration and structure of the state. There are 341 local bodies including municipal councils, urban councils and pradeshiya sbhas (regional councils). Although local government bodies are primarily responsible for community-level operations, they provide

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  • Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation

    Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation0

    Despite the intensity of the ethnic conflict, reconciliation always remained an attractive scheme or slogan for many civil society actors and political figures in Sri Lanka. With the end of the war in 2009, reconciliation transformed into an integral part of the political discourse. Many believed that the termination of the LTTE bestowed an opportunity

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